Historic Blaenavon bridge back in place
4:30pm Saturday 16th February 2013 in News
ONE of Wales’ oldest iron bridges is back at the Blaenavon World Heritage site after major refurbishment.
Restoration of this important World Heritage site feature is part of a wider programme of World Heritage site projects designed to increase visitors to the area and boost the local economy.
The bridge, which dates from between 1820 and 1845, was removed last June.
It is constructed from three cast-iron arches joined by iron plates on top and tie bars between the arches.
It is considered to be one of the earliest examples of this type of bridge surviving in South Wales and represents a significant survival of the industrial infrastructure of the period.
In 1994, Cadw scheduled the bridge as an ancient monument.
The bridge was closed to the public in 2003 due to concerns about potential risk from collapse.
Leader of Torfaen council Bob Wellington said: “It was incredible to see the restored bridge placed back in the World Heritage Site.
“I was there to see the delicate removal of the historic bridge last summer and the restoration has been a success.
I would like to congratulate everyone involved and I’m sure the bridge will become a visitor attraction.”
The restoration is part of the Valleys Regional Park Programme with support secured from the European Regional Development Fund, Heads of the Valleys Programme and Cadw through the Welsh Government.